1928 - 2016 Salvador Peter Grado, 87 passed away with a smile on his face Saturday February 27, 2016. Sal was born November 19, 1928 in Port Arthur, TX where he was a life-long resident. Sal is preceded in death by his wife Rosalie Andrews Grado, parents Charles and Sarah Grado, sisters and brother; Mary, Josephine, and Joe Grado, Anne Curtis and Kathryn Milner; granddaughter Christina Grado, and Virginia Bergeron Grado, mother of his three sons. Sal is survived by his three sons, Charles Grado and wife Joanie of Beaumont, Marc Grado and wife Kris of Port Arthur, and Lynn Grado and wife Linda of Bedford, step-daughters; Jeni Pepper and Sandi Riker and spouses, sisters; Angeline Bowers and husband Robert A. Bob Bowers and Marguerite Pierce of Illinois, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many extended family members. Sal graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School class of 1948. Shortly after graduation he served with the U.S. Army and is a Korean War Veteran. Upon returning to Port Arthur Sal became the owner of Bluebonnet Cleaners. He retired from Drago's Supply. He is a member of Faith Baptist Temple of Port Neches. Sal was very active in church, the Port Arthur Pioneer Park which is currently named Sal & Virginia Grado Field, member of the Italian American Club, Port Arthur Beautification Committee, Citizen Police Academy and Neighborhood Watch Groups with Port Arthur and Beaumont Police Departments, received Citizen of the Year Award 2013, served six years on the Board of the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as countless organizations and honors. He is a bone cancer survivor and donated his body with dignity to Baylor College of Medicine. His wish is to continue helping others! A gathering of family and friends will be Monday March 7, 2016 beginning at 5:30pm at The Robert A. Bob Bowers Civic Center, of Port Arthur, TX. A Memorial Service will begin at 6:30pm. Immediately following the Memorial, family and friends are asked to stay continuing to celebrate the life of Sal Grado and enjoy light snacks. The family would like to thank the healthcare providers at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care Hospital and doctors. A special heart felt thank you to April Adaway and the caregivers at April's House of Angels who have become family! Donations may be made to the
, www.cancer.org/donate, or the
, www.heart.org, in loving memory of Salvador Grado.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 6, 2016